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The wreckage of a 1943 US aircraft used during World War II was found in Baía do Tubarão, in the municipality of Humberto de Campos, a city 153 km from São Luís and located in northern Maranhão.

The historic and unusual finding took place during a workshop given by the State Secretariat for Labor and Solidarity Economy of Maranhão (Setres), last week. The aircraft crashed 78 years ago off the coast of Maranhão.

The wreckage is part of the Bombereiro B-25 aircraft, which used to fly between Africa and Brazil. The aircraft was a classic model used during World War II, as it contained good defensive armament and was successfully used in missions in Africa, the Mediterranean and Italy.

The aircraft was even supplied to several countries allied with the United States during World War II, such as China, Indonesia, France and Brazil.

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Wreckage of the US aircraft was found during a workshop held by the State Secretariat for Labor and Solidarity Economy of Maranhão (Setres). — Photo: Almir Praseres

After the discovery, a member of the secretariat's technical team, writer Wellington Matos, contacted the US Department of Armed Forces, which confirmed that it was a plane that belonged to the US fleet.

According to the department, the aircraft was heading to North Africa, to participate in war clashes. During the trip, the plane with six US military personnel experienced problems and crashed. The entire crew died.

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Image of the B-25D Bomber, a US military warplane, found this week in Maranhão — Photo: Reproduction/Military Aircraft

With the help of experienced fishermen from the region and teams from the secretariat, the rescue of the aircraft's remains began. Metal detectors, a bathymetry sensor were used, and from this, the aircraft's landing gear, which weighs approximately 5 tons, was located.

“The crash of the B-25D Bomber during World War II is a case of an accident that was sunk in history. It was known to some residents, in a superficial way, but there was no correlation as to what it was, or its purpose”, explains Wellington Matos.

According to the Municipality of Humberto de Campos, the discovery will encourage the creation of the Historical Museum of the municipality and enrich the history of the municipality, which has just over 26 thousand inhabitants.

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The aircraft's landing gear was found this week in the Baía do Tubarão, in Maranhão. — Photo: Almir Prasere


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BRASILIA – The Ministry of Health has temporarily suspended the contract to buy 20 million doses of the Indian vaccine Covaxin. The decision was taken this Tuesday, 29, a day after President Jair Bolsonaro was the target of a criminal report sent by senators to the Supreme Court (STF), for malfeasance. The government acts to defuse suspicions that the purchase of the vaccine would involve a corruption scheme within the Ministry of Health, with the knowledge of the president, while preparing the counteroffensive in Covid's Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI).

The suspension of the business occurred on the recommendation of the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) after deputy Luis Miranda (DEM-DF) and public servant Luis Ricardo Fernandes Miranda, brother of the congressman, told the CPI, last Friday, who warned Bolsonaro about irregularities in importing Covaxin, even charging bribes. The new crisis comes in the wake of Bolsonaro's falling popularity and street protests, with more calls for impeachment.

“Under the guidance of CGU, as a matter of convenience and opportunity, we decided to suspend the contract so that more in-depth analysis can be carried out. On the other hand, the Ministry of Health will carry out an administrative investigation to verify all aspects of the issue that have been raised”, said the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, in an interview at the Palácio do Planalto. The information that the contract would be suspended was anticipated by CNN Brasil.

When forwarding a crime-report against Bolsonaro in the Supreme Court, senators Fabiano Contarato (Rede-ES), Jorge Kajuru (Podemos-GO) and Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), vice president of the CPI, stated that he ignored fraud alerts and collection of bribes in the process of contracting Covaxin, a vaccine produced by the Indian laboratory Bharat Biotech and intermediated by Necessidade Medimentos.

In a statement sent to the office of the Supreme Minister Rosa Weber, rapporteur of the case, the Attorney General's Office asked the magistrate to await the conclusions of the CPI before deciding on the crime report (more information on this page).

The agreement between the Ministry of Health and Need was signed on February 25 and provides for payment of R$1,6 billion. The value per dose (US$ 15) is the most expensive of the six immunizations that the country has purchased so far.

Although the minister of the CGU, Wagner Rosário, says that the suspension of the contract will only last while technicians analyze whether there were irregularities - which he hopes to conclude in a maximum of ten days - in the auxiliary backstage at Bolsonaro, they already admit the possibility of canceling the deal . In the dispatch to the Ministry of Health, the CGU informed that it was "urgent" to suspend the contract to "ensure the protection of the public interest and coffers", since there was a risk of seeing the process "ridden with vices".

“We will do this analysis to make sure there is no blemish on this contract. From then on, the decision to hire or not is an act of management by the minister of Health, it is not up to the CGU”, said Rosário, alongside Queiroga. “The CGU is suspending the process solely and exclusively to verify a possible irregularity brought by a server that has not yet been able to specify what it is. We are reviewing the process to provide maximum security for the minister to take decisions within the law.”

Unlike what Rosário said, however, the server Luis Ricardo Fernandes Miranda – head of importation at the Ministry of Health's Logistics Department – ​​appeared at the CPI with documents on what he was saying and claimed to have suffered pressure from superiors to speed up the purchase of Covaxin . The employee showed copies of invoices to prove that there was an attempt to advance the payment of US$ 45 million to a company that was not included in the contract – Madison Biotech – and, along with his brother, said he had taken all these complaints to Bolsonaro in meeting at the Alvorada Palace, on March 20th.

At the time, according to deputy Luis Miranda, the president attributed the suspicions to "another roll" of deputy Ricardo Barros (Progressistas-PR), former health minister and current government leader in the Chamber. In Miranda's version, Bolsonaro said he would call the Federal Police to investigate the case, but no investigation was opened at the time.

In addition to the higher price and pressure to accelerate the deal, the government contract to acquire Covaxin also raised suspicions from senators for having been the only one signed through an intermediary company. All others were negotiated with the laboratory manufacturers or who will produce the vaccines.

In conversation with supporters, Bolsonaro mocked the complaint, saying that his opponents had invented the modality of “virtual corruption” because nothing had been paid for. The money for the purchase of Covaxin, however, has already been committed (reserved) to the Budget.

The contract with Need Medicines foresaw that the first shipment, of 4 million doses, would be sent to Brazil in March. Without the approval of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), however, the deadline was not respected.


Covid's CPI now wants the government to give details about the decision to suspend the contract for the purchase of the Indian vaccine. "I want to know when these opinions of the CGU were given," Senator Omar Aziz (PSD-AM), president of the CPI, told Estadão. "Why didn't you do this before?" For Senator Humberto Costa (PT-PE), the government admits that there are irregularities in suspending the contract. “This decision is an acknowledgment of guilt,” he said. “If there's nothing wrong, why will they suspend it? This only has one name: Confession!” said Randolfe, in a message posted on Twitter. /COLORED DANIEL WETERMAN.

Source: Jornal Estadão SP.

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Belgium's press did not forgive Italy's 2-1 elimination last Friday, in the quarter-finals of the 2020 Euro Cup. This Saturday's newspapers highlighted the "bitter taste" of the defeat of this generation that has promised great achievements for some time. , but has not yet succeeded.

"La Denière Heure/Les Sports" headlined: "The golden generation won't win a title this year. And it might never win. This new failure will be hard to digest."

"This Italy is going to get stronger and stronger. And other teams too. The fear of being left behind definitely exists," adds the newspaper.

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Kevin De Bruyne and Belgium players welcome support after defeat to Italy — Photo: Reuters

The newspaper "Sudpresse" recalled the eliminations of Belgium's most recent competitions: "There was the Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasília in 2014 (when Belgium was eliminated from the World Cup by Argentina after losing 1-0), then the Pierre Mauroy stadium in 2016 (defeat 3-1 for Wales in Euro-2016). From now on, Arena Allianz will be among the cemeteries that buried the dreams of the Devils."

For "De Standaard": "After a real roller coaster of emotions, in which hopelessness and hope alternated, the 'Red Devils' couldn't (once again) live up to it. What's left after Munich is, therefore a bitter taste".

"On paper, this golden generation deserves more than a quarter-final elimination. But in practice, it's been very difficult to get that deserved award," the paper continues.


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Streamer and former League of Legends player Gustavo "Baiano" is still betting on his business side and announced that he will open his own hamburger shop in São Paulo, Baiburger. Working in a dark kitchen model, that is, only for delivery,

the establishment will start operating this Saturday, July 3rd, and will be available in the main delivery applications.

With four snack options on the menu, the restaurant has a theme all linked to Baiano, which names the hamburgers as Baisalad, Baibacon, Baicheese and Baiburger, the house special. Accompaniments and combos will also be served.

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- As an entrepreneur I am very happy to open Baibuger in São Paulo, a city renowned for its gastronomic wealth. I've always dreamed of opening a business and hamburger is something I'm passionate about. For me, the important thing is to offer my followers a product that has high quality ingredients and a fair price, because the feedback comes in real time - says Baiano.

The hamburger shop will be open every day from 12:0 pm to XNUMX:XNUMX am and should meet orders from the main regions of the city of São Paulo. The investment will be made in partnership with Nift, a company owned by Gab Araújo, who is a partner at Final Level and co-founder of Gamelanders, an organization that has been successful in Valorant's competitive scenario.

In addition to the traditional broadcasts, Baiano is also responsible for CBolão, a League of Legends charity championship that has already had three editions played. In the last one, in May of this year, more than R$ 170 thousand were donated, with the title of the competition going to LOUDinhos, formed by LOUD players.


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BRASÍLIA – Accused of pressuring public servants to speed up the import of the Indian vaccine Covaxin, even with signs of irregularities in the contract, the director of the Ministry of Health's Logistics Department, Roberto Ferreira Dias, was dismissed from his post. The decision was taken on the morning of Tuesday, 29, according to a note released at night by the Ministry. The text also confirms that the director's resignation will be published in the Official Gazette edition of this Wednesday, 30th.

Ferreira's dismissal comes four days after the testimony to Covid's CPI by deputy Luis Miranda (DEM-DF) and his brother, Luis Ricardo Fernandes Miranda, head of import at the Ministry of Health's Logistics Department. a corruption scheme involving the purchase of Covaxin and cited Ferreira Dias.

The director was nominated for the position by the government leader in the Chamber, Ricardo Barros (Progressistas-PR), former Minister of Health, and by former deputy Abelardo Lupion (DEM-PR). Barros denies having sponsored the director, who assumed the role in the administration of then-minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta.

Last year, Ferreira almost occupied a board of directors at the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). President Jair Bolsonaro himself withdrew from the nomination, however, after Estadão showed that the director had signed a R$ 133,2 million contract with the Ministry of Health, with evidence of irregularity, to purchase 10 million kits of materials used in covid-19 tests.

Another accusation against him, this time of charging bribes, came from Luiz Paulo Dominguetti Pereira, who introduces himself as a representative of Davatti Medical Supply. On Friday, Covid's CPI will hear the testimony of Dominguetti, who told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that he had received from Ferreira Dias a request for a US$ 1 bribe for each dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine purchased by the Bolsonaro government. AstraZeneca denies, however, that Davatti represents it – the American company has already been disallowed by AstraZeneca in Canada.

Senators Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), vice president of the CPI, and Alessandro Vieira (Cidadania-SE) prepared a request to summon Dominguetti. When they testified to Covid's CPI, deputy Luis Miranda and his brother said they met with Bolsonaro on March 20, at Palácio da Alvorada, and reported the corruption scheme in the Ministry of Health to purchase vaccines.

Reports published in the Minas Gerais press indicate that Davatti may be defrauding the process of purchasing vaccines in the state. The company would have negotiated with city halls, with the objective of obtaining a letter of intent showing interest in the acquisition of immunizers from AstraZeneca. After getting the letter, however, conversations got stuck.

In the case of Covaxin, the Bolsonaro government closed the purchase contract for a price 1.000% higher than that announced by the manufacturer itself, as revealed by Estadão. The Ministry of Health decided to suspend the contract temporarily, this Tuesday, 29, on the recommendation of the Federal Comptroller General (CGU). 

In August 2020, a confidential telegram from the Brazilian embassy in New Delhi informed the government that the Covaxin vaccine, produced by Bharat Biotech, had an estimated price of 100 rupees (US$1,34 a dose). Four months later, in December, another diplomatic communiqué said that the Indian-made product "would cost less than a bottle of water." In February this year, however, the Ministry of Health signed a contract with a price of US$ 15 per unit (R$ 80,70, at the price at the time), the most expensive of the six vaccines purchased so far.

Source: Jornal Estadão SP.

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The Jair Bolsonaro government will dismiss the director of the Ministry of Health's Logistics Department, Roberto Dias. According to an article in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, the vaccine representative said that Dias would have charged a bribe to close a contract for the purchase of the doses.

The Ministry of Health sent to Planalto Palace, on the night of Tuesday, 29, Dias' resignation. Sponsored by Ricardo Barros (PP-PR), government leader in the Chamber, the director has been in office since January 2019, still under Luiz Henrique Mandetta.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, the dismissal of Dias will be published in the Official Gazette of the Union on Wednesday, 30. The reason for the dismissal was not informed.

According to the newspaper, Luiz Paulo Dominguetti Pereira, representative of the company Davati Medical Supply, Dias would have charged a bribe of US$ 1 per dose sold, at a dinner in a restaurant in Brasília. The director would not have responded to the newspaper's contacts. Covid's CPI president, Omar Aziz (PSD-AM), said the case will be investigated by the commission.

The logistics department is responsible, at the ministry, for signing contracts. The sector was “allotted” to the PP, Bolsonaro's grassroots party.

Last week, Dias was quoted by the server Luis Ricardo Miranda, in testimony to Covid's CPI, as having made “atypical pressure” for the release of Covaxin. On the same day, his brother, deputy Luis Claudio Miranda (DEM-DF), said that the two took the complaint to Bolsonaro, who would have said it was "Ricardo Barros's roll".

Source: Jornal Estadão SP.

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The Attorney General's Office (PGR) asked the Supreme Court (STF) on Tuesday, 29, to hold back the progress of the crime news that calls for the investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) for possible crime of malfeasance in negotiations for the purchase of the Indian vaccine Covaxin, manufactured by the Indian laboratory Bharat Biotech.

Document link >> PDF file.

In a statement sent to the office of Minister Rosa Weber, rapporteur of the case, the Deputy Attorney General of the Republic Humberto Jacques de Medeiros defended that the Federal Public Ministry wait for the end of Covid's CPI before thinking about opening a concurrent investigation.

"In respect of the system of independence and harmony of the constituted Powers and aware of the impossibility of the direct leap from the news-crime to the criminal action, with the suppression of the tabulation phase, the Federal Public Ministry requires that the early petition not be given transit", he says an excerpt from the document.

The request to denounce Bolsonaro came from senators Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), Fabiano Contarato (Rede-ES) and Jorge Kajuru (Podemos-GO). The lawmakers took the case to the STF after federal deputy Luis Miranda (DEM-DF) and the lawmaker's brother, Luis Ricardo Miranda, who is head of import at the Ministry of Health's Logistics Department, said in testimony to the parliamentary committee that the president ignored warnings about suspected corruption in the process of acquiring the immunizing agent.

The deputy prosecutor considered that the senators had “broken” the CPI by calling the Supreme Court before the conclusion of the parliamentary investigation. Jacques de Medeiros said they acted outside the collegiate. “Putting the cohesion in the necessarily collective deliberations of the Legislative Power at risk”, he observed.

In the evaluation of the PGR, the analysis of the case must await the final report of the commission. He advocates 'prestige' legislative investigation, which is generally faster. Another argument is that the findings can reach divergent conclusions.

“If the Legislative Power is investigating with excellence apparently illegal behavior with all the necessary competences, what would be the reason for the Supreme Court to open a concurrent investigation, taken by institutional checks and balances and without equal agility? Going further, what is the gain for the interinstitutional machinery if, at the end of the parallel investigations, there is a divergence between the conclusions of the judicial police and the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission?”, he questioned in the statement sent to the STF.

The opinion was sent at the request of Minister Rosa Weber. It is up to her to decide, monocratically or with the collegiate, whether to authorize the opening of a formal investigation into the president's conduct.

Pressed, Bolsonaro said he did not know the details about the purchase of Covaxin and denied irregularities in the deal. After the suspicions, the Ministry of Health decided to temporarily suspend the contract to import 20 million doses of the Indian vaccine.

Source: Jornal Estadão SP.

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